Military Gamer Reviews: 11-11 Memories Retold

Former Staff Sergeant Ben Shirley finds out whether a new World War One game really shows what it means to be drawn into war.


By Ben Shirley - veteran & YouTuber 'ThatBeardedGuy'

11-11 Memories Retold is a fictional story of friendship, camaraderie, and humanity, told through the eyes of soldiers from both sides of the trenches of the first world war.

This is the first console game created by Aardman Studios, famed for producing stop-motion animations Wallace & Grommet, Shaun the Sheep and Chicken-Run.

They teamed up with veterans of the gaming industry Bandai Namco and DigixArt to produce this artistic masterpiece of visual prowess.

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(Picture: BANDAI NAMCO).

The story follows Harry, a young Canadian photographer and Kurt, a German zeppelin engineer as they both enlist and find themselves on the frontline of the conflict.

Harry, voiced by actor Elijah Wood, is envious of the respect for their servicemen and joins to win the affection of sweetheart Julia; but quickly finds himself on the frontline at Vimy.

On the other-side, Kurt, voiced by actor Sebastian Koch, enlists in order to locate his son Max, who is missing-in-action.

Fixated by his crusade, he too finds himself in the trenches at the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the character's paths eventually cross when german excavations collapse, trapping the two underground where they form a forbidden bond and must work together in order to survive.

The game featured 'living painting' graphics, which can easily be mistaken on first impression as primitive however, it adds to the overall charm and expressionism of the game and it doesn't take long to adjust and appreciate the effect.

11-11 Memories Retold
Harry is a young Canadian photographer and Kurt is a German zeppelin engineer (Picture: BANDAI NAMCO).

Throughout the game, players complete a series of easy-to-follow tasks and interactions which are denoted by the augmented indicators.

The game falls somewhere between the puzzle, action-adventure and combat although in the time spent playing the game, I've yet to actually fire a weapon.

This game, although released around about the same time as COD, is not even comparable to such first person shooters due to bearing no similarity whatsoever.

This game is a very far throw from any shoot 'em up style games, and focuses heavily on the storyline and puzzle type tasks.

The scores by the Philharmonic Orchestra and Pinewood singers are masterful in providing the ambience of the story as it's being told in keeping with the time period.

This game goes beyond the medium of traditional entertainment gaming, and aspires an emotive journey with characters whose paths cross in the most extreme circumstances.

Recognition must be given the imaginative graphics of the game which players may initially find unconventional, but will quickly adjust to and find significant in the prowess of this ground-breaking style.

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Ben Shirley served for more than 13 years in the British Army, with operational tours in Iraq and multiple-tours of Afghanistan.

After deciding to leave in 2016, he became a YouTube creator in his spare time posting as ThatBeardedGuy.